Living Life from the Eye of the Hurricane

Life became calm when we live from the eye of the hurricane

While the rest of the world is blowing around in the wind, our True Self always lives from the eye of the hurricane where life is calm and quiet.

By Cathy Eck

 

Hurricane as a Metaphor

In the ancient world, everything had meaning.  Every event had a lesson.  Every person and every experience was a mirror into our inner world, our thoughts and our beliefs.  The ancient ones understood that nothing could happen to us unless we had a belief that allowed it into our experience.

This was a very powerful way to live.  It isn’t easy to take responsibility for the problems that come into our life, especially when they are as big as a hurricane.  I’ve known this for years and still struggle with it every day.  But it is how we were born to live;  if we have the responsibility, then we have the power.

The trick to life in the ancient world was to stay in the eye of the hurricane where everything was calm.  Since our beliefs created our reality, our job was to make sure that we didn’t accept beliefs into our mind that allowed problems to enter our life experience.

Our True Self has no beliefs.  The True Self doesn’t know of problems.  Very few people live from the True Self.  Often it takes a crisis for people to drop their beliefs and live from the truth.  People who have been polarized by the 2012 election will help another out in a crisis regardless of party if their lives or homes are in danger.  It is sad, but often reality.

 

Our True Self Lives in the Eye of the Hurricane

Our True Self doesn’t know of problems.  The True Self is always calm, always clear, always empowered.  While the rest of the world is flying around in the winds of their false self, the True Self sits calmly and quietly in the eye of the hurricane.

While many people live through an event like a hurricane, each person has a unique experience.  According to the ancients, each gets their own personal message.  Each one gets the challenge that they need the most.  The reason for the challenge is only to push them to let go, to move to the eye of the hurricane, to stop fighting life by rigidly holding on to beliefs that just aren’t true (especially the beliefs they have about their fellow human beings).

The Eye of the Hurricane is simply a symbol.  But every challenge that comes us has an eye.  It is that place in our minds where we can see the beliefs that allowed the experience to unfold for us as it did.  The more we let go, the easier it is to stay in the eye.

The ancients taught us that nothing bad could happen if we didn’t have a belief that let it in.  So bad events and people expose the beliefs we hold in mind.  Sadly that information was lost, and losing that secret stripped us of our power.  We won’t let go of beliefs if we don’t know they are false or don’t know we can let them go.

 

Authority Moved to the Center

Kings don’t have slaves if people are empowered.  Religion isn’t necessary if people recognize their power.  You don’t need prophets or oracles to talk to God for you if you can do it yourself.  So early religious and political leaders made God responsible and humans powerless.  Kings and priests could talk to God, and God said what the kings and priests decided they would say.  Humans became mortal and flawed.  The Goddess was silenced; and the link between the normal human being and God was cut.  People no longer understood why bad things happened to them when they tried so damn hard to be good.

When the leaders are sitting in the eye of the hurricane, and we are flying around in the wind, it does no good to take personal responsibility because we’ve given them our power.  We have to recognize that leaders are not our authorities, we are.  We have to let go of the beliefs that keep us inferior to our leaders.  We have to take back our power.  We have to know that we control our destiny.  We have to know that our own thoughts and beliefs affect the quality of our life.

 

Taking Back Our Power

It is time that we all take back our power.  We need to look at our beliefs and if they don’t increase our personal power, help to keep us safe and secure, or reconnect us to God, then we need to let them go.  We were meant to live in a diverse and crazy world from the eye of the hurricane.  We were meant to live from certainty and clarity.  We were meant to be able to discriminate between truth and falsehood.  We were meant to be responsible for our life, and that is very good news.

People can play a leader role in religion and in politics if they can inspire us and make win-win decisions that support our personal power.  They can help us to stand in the eye of the hurricane along side of them.  They don’t get to tell us what to think or who we are.  They don’t get to stand in the way of our safety or our connection to God.  They don’t get to tell us how to live.  They don’t get to control our destiny.  And if they do throw us out in the wind, we have the right to ignore them because they are false.  We have the right to live in the center, in the eye of the hurricane.

 

Staying in the eye of the hurricane requires eliminating level confusion.

 

Taking Back Our Power, Oprah Style

Oprah at Women's conference

Oprah refers to her Texas beef companies lawsuit experience as a metaphor for life’s trials. She is grateful for the lesson.

By Cathy Eck

Oprah and Taking Back Our Power

While recently watching a clip of the Oprah Show where Oprah won her lawsuit against the Texas beef companies, Dr. Phil shared his perspective.  Dr. Phil was her coach during the trial.  His comment went something like this.  He said that she was constantly questioning herself and wondering why the beef people thought what they did.  She was unable to be herself.

Oprah said this was a very confusing time for her.  She was used to saying whatever she thought, having the last word, and just being herself.  She was not used to shutting up and holding back.

Dr. Phil pointed out that everything changed when Oprah finally realized that she had done nothing wrong.  The win came when she knew, not believed, that she was not guilty.  In short, she remembered who she really was.  Oprah demonstrated the art of taking back our power.  Oprah said that she learned an important lesson from that trial, which she considered a metaphor for all of life’s trials.

 

Letting Go is Taking Back Our Power

I love that example of learning the art of taking back our power, because I have this conversation with people all the time.  Letting go is all about taking back our power.  Oprah returned to her real self because she realized that her false self was lying.  She didn’t affirm for days that she was her real self.  She didn’t visualize a win.  She got that the beliefs of the others were false; and she dropped them from her own mind.  That caused her to have all the power, and the trial came to an end.

This is exactly why we let go.  The false self either gives our power away or takes it from others because it has no power of its own.  Our True Self, on the other hand, is all powerful all of the time.  So when any one person returns to their True Self in a situation, the outcome is always win-win.  (Remember that it is a win for a false self to lose because now it has a chance to let go.  If the false self wins, it perpetuates the wrongful thinking.)

Over and over again, when people let go, they discover that all the crap that happened to them was only the result of their beliefs, their false self.  They had gotten caught in a false self give and take relationship or situation.  When they let go, they can see that they never did anything wrong, nor could they ever do anything wrong.  Their True Self is still in pristine condition.  And when the false self disappears, our True Self’s perfection fills the vacuum.

 

False Selves Love to Be Right

People, like the Texas beef companies, often try very hard to convince themselves and others that what they believe is true or right.  They will go to extreme lengths to be right because they see right as powerful.  Since we don’t agree with them, they figure that we must be wrong.

It is in those moments that we must discriminate.  They are teaching us how to stay true to our Self.  If we can see their beliefs as false, then we begin taking back our power.  If they convince us to believe them, they will win because their beliefs label us bad or wrong; and our power fades when we feel bad about ourselves.

So when we lose our knowing, our True Self, our power, how do we get it back?  We have to keep letting go of the beliefs or thoughts that are holding us hostage.  We have to stop believing the one who wants our power even if they are an authority figure in our life.  They can only trap us in their web if we have a belief that allows them to be right in our mind.  Even though the authority or perpetrator looks like they have the power, we are actually in control.  We just need to focus on our mind and keep it pure and clear.  Then we start the process of taking back our power.

 

Tricks to Discrimination

There are many tricks to regaining our discrimination and taking back our power. Often I think back to an earlier time when I didn’t have their belief in my mind.  The comparison helps me discriminate.

Other times, I notice that their belief is not win-win for everyone, so it is not true.  Sometimes, I look to see if their belief has a payoff.  This also indicates it is false (following the money often provides conclusive evidence of a belief).

Of course, the best evidence of a belief is how it feels. Beliefs normally feel bad, but some people feel good when they win because they have numbed themselves to the awful feeling of seeing another lose.

The moment we remember who we are, we begin taking back our power from any situation, person, or organization.  In fact, our True Self can’t have opposition so it can never lose.

 

Click here for another article that talks about discrimination and ethical manipulation, which is a ridiculous notion.  

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